AGENDA: REIMAGINING SOUTH LONDON’S HIGH STREETS & TOWNSCAPES CONFERENCE

12:30 – 1:00 Conference opening
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome from Matthew Sims, CEO, Croydon BID

Working side by side with the Board of Directors, Matthew’s role is to determine the strategic direction of Croydon Town Centre BID to deliver positive results for Croydon town centre.

1:10 – 1:30 Introduction from Alex Elkins, Director, South Bank Innovation & LSBU Croydon Director

South Bank Innovation is LSBU’s research and enterprise arm supporting academics and business partners to generate real world impact. Alex is responsible for LSBU Croydon, LSBU’s new campus based in Electric House delivering courses in healthcare and business. Alex has extensive experience of working in higher education, working in employability, business development and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about purpose led entrepreneurship and delivering impact to local communities through knowledge exchange and research.

1:35 – 2:15 Breakout workshops – session 1

  • Building resilience for a creative future – Professor Alison Baverstock, Professor of Publishing and Director of Research, Business, and Innovation at Kington School of Art
  • Connecting people: High Street leisure, consumption & community – Dr Katherine Appleford, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Kingston University
  • Future of South London’s High Streets: community town centres – Nico Bosetti, Head of Data and Insight at Centre for London
  • Sustainability, health and human experience and how your university can support your journey – Ankita Dwivedi, Director at Scala Colab and Founder of Firstplanit & Dr. Yuliana Topazly, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Kingston University
  • Placemaking is a marketing issue. But that doesn’t make it easier – Dr Charles Graham, LSBU & Kamran Khan, LSBU
  • Toddler engagement with the built environment – Dr Penny Lawrence, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton
  • The precarious ecosystem of a London High Street – Aoife Donnelly, Senior Lecturer and Architect, School of Art Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston University

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2:15 – 2:30 Networking

2:30 – 3:10 Breakout workshops – session 2

  • Activating the High Street through event experiences – Joanna Goodey, Senior Lecturer and Course Director, Events and Entertainment Management, LSBU
  • Reappraising the suburbs – Robin Hutchinson, The Community Brain
  • Not My Beautiful House, balancing community-building and profit – Claire Selby, Enterprise Projects Lead at Kingston University and Grace Richards, Business Development Manager, Union of Kingston Students
  • Urban Re-leaf Project – Merton Climate Action Group & Kristof Fatsar, Kingston University, Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture
  • Living Locally – A Greener, Healthier Future – Marcus Chidgey, CEO, Loqiva
  • How can we achieve Net Zero Carbon Communities? – Dr Heba Elsharkawy, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston University

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3:15 – 3:45 Keynote from Tina Jadav, Interim Area Manager, Greater London Authority

Before joining the Greater London Authority (GLA) in 2012, Tina trained and worked in Architecture in London and Manchester. Her role at the GLA’s Regeneration Team is to manage and steer several strategic placemaking and Mayoral funded regeneration projects in South London.

3:50 – 4:00 Networking & refreshments
4:00 – 4:40 Breakout workshops – session 3

  • WeAreWaterloo’s Placemaking Strategy with Allies and Morrison – Dr. Charles Graham, LSBU & Natalie Raben, Chief Executive, WeAreWaterloo
  • Care and repair on Rye Lane Peckham – Cathy Hawley and Tom Coward, Architects – MArch Unit 1, Kingston University
  • Helping cities better understand their citizens – Tiernan Mines, Hello Lamp Post
  • Building the case for people-focussed high streets – Sandra Perez, Inner Circle Consulting
  • ‘Work Near home’ New Department Store of Activity – Freddie Fforde, Patch Work & Paloma Strelitz, Patch Work
  • Young Agency and the City: After Colin Ward – Aoife Donnelly, Senior Lecturer and Architect, School of Art Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston University

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4:40 – 5:00 Closing remarks from Clare O’Connor, Director, South London Partnership
5:00 – 6:30 Conference networking reception

Technology demonstrator: Living Pillars – Angus Cunningham, Scotscape

Living Pillar™ is a new urban greening innovation from the Scotscape Group. Inspired by the knowledge the industry has gained about the benefits of urban greening in increasingly busy cityscapes, Scotscape has taken the concept of vertical retrofitting of plants one step further by using the existing resource of street furniture (including lamp posts) as a framework on which to grow plants, thus the LivingPillar™ was designed.

LSBU Business Solutions Centre

The Business Solutions Centre at LSBU Business School provides a student-led free-to-business consultancy service specialising in tailored business advice and workshops to support new and existing SMEs within the local community, bridging the gap between academia and practice. The team from LSBU Business Centre will be on-hand throughout the event to provide an overview of the service and answer any questions.

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